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Britain tightens COVID-19 rules as world on alert over Omicron

The U.K. tightened up rules Saturday on mask-wearing and on testing of international arrivals after finding two cases of the new potentially more contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus as governments around the world sought to shore up their defenses. Amid fears that the recently identified new variant has the potential to be more resistant to the protection offered by vaccines, there are growing concerns that the pandemic and associated lockdown restrictions will persist for far longer than hoped.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a press conference in London, Saturday Nov. 27, 2021, after cases of the new COVID-19 variant were confirmed in the UK. (Hollie Adams/Pool via AP)

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W5 INVESTIGATES | Is a drug overdose murder?

W5’s upcoming documentary ‘Death Penalty,’ airing on Saturday at 7 p.m. on CTV, compiles the first-ever research on a growing trend to treat overdose deaths as potential homicides.

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NEW | Counting murders by overdose deaths in Canada

Homicide charges following investigations into overdose deaths in Canada can be described as falling into two categories: pre- and post- fentanyl. W5 found that starting in 2016, there was a significant uptick: 135 manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death charges being laid by police and prosecutors across Canada.